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    BATTLE OF KALKHEUWEL

    The following report on the battle of Kalkheuwel by Prof Ian Copley is based mainly on research in British military archives. Just over one hundred years ago, the South African, or Anglo-Boer War, came to the countryside around Hartbeespoort On the 3rd of June 1900, Field Marshall Lord Roberts began his march on Pretoria from Johannesburg. His cavalry wing under General French at Bergvlei was detailed to swing round to the West of Pretoria, out of range of the guns of the Pretoria forts. The objectives were to cut off the retreat of the Boer Government to the West or to the North (by rail), to capture the Wonderboom fort…

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    BATTLE OF DWARSVLEI 11 JULY 1900

    On 11 July 1900 1300 Gordon Highlanders and other infantry left Krugersdorp under the command of General Horace Smith-Dorrien to assist the beleaguered town of Rustenburg. Their orders were to link up with reinforcements from the Rietfontein camp (now Hartbeespoort Dam) and the combined column was to drive out the Boer commandos in the area. General Sarel Oosthuizen, nicknamed ‘Rooibul’ because of his large red beard, planned to ambush the column as it crossed his own farm, Dwarsvlei, 15km outside Krugersdorp. He had already won fame as the man who caught Winston Churchill and for his courage on the Natal battlefields. Dwarsvlei was an ideal position for an ambush. The…